1. End the Rock Concerts
I have passion for music, and music and math are the only universal languages. People, however, appreciate music in different ways. The bible gives examples of music as an expression of our love for God. “Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.” Psalms 95:1. Music, however, is not a sacrament. As Paul says in Romans 14:21 “It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles.” Let’s be frank, worship in most White American Protestant churches has the perception of being cheesy. I like most of the songs, but perception is reality. These church rock concerts are hurting the perception of the American church and need to change.
2. Embrace All Areas of Knowledge
Most American Protestant Churches have a literal view of scripture. Much of the internal debate, however, surrounds issues that the bible says very little about. Issues like the creation of the world. Hard line views on these issues have made much of the church anti-science. Our God, however, is huge. He created everything so all forms of knowledge should point to him. The most common biblical theme throughout the bible is love. There is a lot of “loving your neighbor” in knowledge. As long as knowledge is used with love for humankind, and not for selfish ends, we should be engaging in it.
3. Lower Administrative and Building Costs.
Tithes continue to decrease and the reason in obvious. The church is not living self sacrificially. Most of the money that is given to the church should be used to help people, and not just spiritually. In real, tangible ways. Help house the homeless, work for social justice, start a church member welfare program, etc. Worship is more than just Sunday social hour. It is loving our neighbors together. This may mean some hard choices for churches, but the early church was largely volunteer driven. It can be done.
4. Base Your Congregation on Service, not Sunday Worship
“There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ. We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit. And so we are formed into one body. It didn?t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink. So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-14
The Church needs to stop harping on evangelism. Put those skills to work for Kingdom Growth(yes, this is different). Imagine a congregation that works together, for even just an hour a week, towards a particular mission. That is how God works, through us.
Suggestion: Use some of that real estate to house people.
5. Work to Ensure Your Congregation Accurately Reflects the Community.
If your community is 50% Latinx, and your church is 95% White, then you do not accurately reflect your community. You don’t appeal to these communities with ideas developed by White people. Do some digging and listening. Talk to people in your community about the ideas they have to improve their conditions and serve alongside as their partners. When you show Christs love, it will be seen.